Council warning over more budget cuts

Gwynedd Council could be forced to make up to £17.5 million in budget cuts over the next three years.

A report, set to be discussed next week, has warned that the local authority still needs to make ”every possible effort” to find savings and keep cuts to services to ”the absolute minimum”.

The cabinet says the council has saved £62 million over the past 12 years – the equivalent to a quarter of its annual budget at the moment.

But according to their latest projections, further savings between now and 2021 could range from at least £8.5 million up to £17.5 million in order to fill their funding gap.

The cabinet member for finance, Councillor Peredur Jenkins, said: ”As has been the case for many years, it is highly unlikely that the money Gwynedd Council receives from the government will be enough to cover the cost of inflation let alone the increasing demand for services such as social care for vulnerable people in the years ahead.”

“In the past, a strategy based on planning well ahead to identify savings has served us well. However, as we will not know the level of grant support we will receive from the government for 2019/20 until the autumn, it is being recommended that we wait until then before deciding on the savings schemes that should be implemented. This approach will avoid the need to raise unneccesary concerns before the extent of the financial challenge is confirmed.”

The cabinet will meet to discuss the report on Tuesday. If it’s approved, a review into how the council is managed will take place.

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